North Beach girl is state’s Miss Junior Pre-Teen
Victoria Schreffler crowned Miss Maryland Junior Pre-Teen 2018
In almost every aspect, Victoria Schreffler is a typical 10-year-old. She loves the color pink, is on social media (Instagram: victorias chreffler) and eating pasta (“I could eat it at every meal”) and keeps busy with cheerleading, dance and gymnastics (“It’s my favorite thing to do in the whole world”).
The North Beach fifth-grader is even busier now after winning the Miss Maryland Junior Pre-Teen title at the 2018 National American Miss Maryland held in August in Reston, Va.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Schreffler, who beat out 54 other competitors. “Last year I took fourth place and had a chance to go to nationals where I was able to meet girls from all over the country and now I’m able to go again. I’m ecstatic about it.”
“I was absolutely proud and very pleased,” said Shreffler’s father, Don. “For my child to get up and speak in front of more than 600 people with confidence and authority at 10 years old is a learned skill. I watched her work hard for it and anytime you see anybody, especially an underdog, come in and get their just rewards for hard work, and they didn’t cheat, they didn’t take a shortcut. For anyone, I don’t care who it is, I find that an appealing notion, and having it be my daughter made it all that much more easier. I’ve been extremely pleased.”
Schreffler has lofty goals for the national pageant, which will be held in November in Anaheim, Calif.
“I’m expecting to win, but if I don’t win I’m hoping to at least get a top five” finish, she said. “I need to smile a lot more. And when I smile more my cheeks hurt when I go on stage, but smiling is the main, main thing you have to do. And if you see the judges smiling you know you’re doing something right.”
Schreffler competed in thee mandatory categories that included interview, personal introduction and formal wear and community service project.
“I wanted a big gown to stand out from all the other girls because that’s what’s going to really catch the judges’ eyes,” Schreffler said of the formal gown competition, for which she and her mother designed a pink dress with a top that she added was “really, really, really sparkly. I thought with my hair up it would make me really stand out. It was my favorite dress I’ve ever had.”
She said being on stage in front of several hundred spectators takes some getting used to.
“Sometimes it’s scary and sometimes it’s not,” she said. “It depends on the crowd and how I’m feeling that day. One day I may be scared, one day I may be fine.”
She helped prepare for the competition by constantly practicing her runway walk.
“It’s really funny but at school I’ll do my runway walk,” she said. “Your hair should be moving a little bit, just a little bit with maybe a bounce, you look at the judges with a glance, make a pose or two then walk off. You want to have sass and attitude.”
Schreffler, who also won the casual wear competition (with “A Day at the Beach” and “A Day in New York City” themed outfits), was awarded cash, gifts and experiences.
During her year, she will make several public appearances, including a few weeks back at the Maryland State Fair. She is also scheduled to visit Ronald McDonald House.
“One of the big things I want to do in my year is I really want to go across the state and be able to inspire girls and empower them,” she said. “I want to make sure that they know that no matter what they do in life that they know they’re beautiful, they’re kind, they’re trustworthy, and they are smart.”
Schreffler is also the founder of Toiletries of Triumph, which collects and distributes toiletries to those in need.
“I was wondering, ‘How can I change this problem we have in our community?’” said Schreffler, who relies on donations and who has also collaborated with the Calvert County Commission for Women and Northern High School’s Minority Scholars. “People are on the side of the road and aren’t able to eat and they don’t have any clothes or shelter and they don’t have any help and the government is doing nothing with this. And to me that was just so upsetting that nobody was helping them with this.”
It was the third straight year Shreffler has competed in the pageant.
“My first year I was so scared I could barely move,” she admitted. “You don’t know what the pageant’s like, you don’t know what the girls you’re competing against will be like, and you don’t know if the judges are going to be kind or rude or what they’re looking for. I was kind of clueless.”|
But last year she placed fourth and earned a trip to the national competition to compete against other runners-up through fourth-place finishers.
“It was kind of funny but I was actually crying and people thought I was upset I got fourth place,” she said, “so I had to tell them, ‘They’re actually tears of joy. I’m really excited.’”
She said the difference was the fact she had a lot more confidence this year.
“I thought I had a really good chance [to win] but I knew I needed to be a lot more committed to really want this title,” she said. “My mindset this year was to really have confidence in myself. I had confidence in myself last year, don’t get me wrong, but this year I felt I had more confidence in myself so I smiled bigger, I dreamed bigger, I really felt committed to it.”
Victoria Schreffler recently won the Miss Maryland Junior Pre-Teen title at the 2018 National American Miss Maryland held in August in Reston, Va.
Victoria Schreffler of North Beach is crowned Miss Maryland Junior Pre-Teen in August in Virginia.
Ten-year-old Victoria Schreffler of North Beach recently won the Miss Maryland Junior Pre-Teen title at the 2018 National American Miss Maryland held in August in Reston, Va.